Avian Influenza H7N3 Strain Makes Appearance in Viet Nam

The dangerous, human-transmissible avian influenza A (H7N3) strain, previously recorded in Korea, Canada and Holland, has reemerged in several Asian countries including Viet Nam, according to the National Steering Committee for Avian Influenza Prevention and Control.

A bird flu drill conducted yesterday at Ha Noi's Noi Bai International Airport

The committee held a conference on Tuesday in Ha Noi to discuss the country’s response to the recent reoccurrence of the deadly bird flu.

The H7N3 virus found in Viet Nam, however, is classified as low-pathogenic, not readily transmitted to humans.

The committee has made plans already to import more H7N3 avian influenza vaccines to prevent possible outbreaks.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the H5N1 strain reappeared in the northern Cao Bang province’s Bao Lam District. Lower temperatures and poultry smuggling from China in the northern provinces have also increased the risk of another outbreak of bird flu in several provinces there.

The committee is directing local officials to improve environmental sanitation in high-risk areas and tighten their control over the transportation of poultry through borders. 

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By T.N – Translated by Khanh Hong

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